Looking back into history…
The Society’s Archaeological Collection is housed in the Heywood Sumner Room. It contains many artefacts from all periods of British Prehistory and some more recent finds and ethnographical material. The more spectacular items are the numerous Lower Palaeolithic handaxes from the Bournemouth Gravels dating from 250,000 years ago, and some Bronze Age urns. Much of the collection was retrieved at the turn of the last century during the period
of great development in which much of Bournemouth’s rich prehistoric heritage was covered by housing. Another important feature of the collection is some of the material dug up by former BNSS President, Heywood Sumner, in his explorations of the New Forest Romano-British pottery kiln sites.
Some of the collection has already been examined and listed in archaeological tomes. However, the whole collection is currently being catalogued and displayed in chronological order to assist the serious scholar as well as the casual visitor. It is hoped to enlarge the study to produce a more up-to-date introduction to Bournemouth’s prehistory.
Upcoming Archaeology events
Field Meeting: Down Farm27th May 2018 at 10.30am-3.30pm
DOWN FARM Field Meeting ST 999 149 Leadr : Bryan Popple Field Trip to look at Archaeology, Botany, History, Wildlife ecology, conservation etc. Turn off the A354 signposted Wimborne St Giles. Continue a short distance along this road. Take the tarmac lane on the right (signposted ‘Down Farm’). The farm is past the cottages on […]
Archaeology Field Meeting: Hengistbury Head20th June 2018 at 7.00-9.00pm
Leader: Bryan Popple Walk the Head, smell the fresh air, look at Old Barrows. Imagine Iron Age Living.